• Professional Development Certification Program
    (formerly known as Alternative Certification)
    Collier County Public Schools partners with Florida Gulf Coast University for its Professional Development Certification Program. The Teacher Immersion Program (TIP) is an Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) approved by the Florida Department of Education that provides an alternative route to certification. This program is designed for career changers and those with degrees in areas other than education who wish to become teachers. It is delivered at the graduate level and includes eight 3-credit hour courses, including an internship.
    Whether you are a career-changer with a passion for teaching or a current teacher seeking to meet Florida State certification requirements, FGCU's Teacher Immersion Program offers a unique and effective way for you to meet your professional goals.
    For more information about the Teacher Immersion Program at FGCU, please contact Dr. Schmidt at dschmidt@fgcu.edu
    For additional information at CCPS, please contact Dr. Shari Huene-Johnson at huenejsh@collierschools.com.